Leaders of South Sudan's rival factions fail to reach deal

Warring South Sudanese factions fail to decide on roadmap to end hostilities

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Diplomatic sources attending the consultative talks aimed at making a roadmap to end the conflict between rival factions in South Sudan reported the talks ended with parties failing to reach an agreement.

The talks, which took place on Saturday in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, were held under the auspices of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The meeting between Former Vice-President and Leader of SPLM/SPLA Dr Riek Machar Teny and President Salva Kiir Mayardit hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 27, 2015 had not achieved any breakthrough,” said rebel foreign relations official Ezekiel Gatkuoth.

He reported that the talks failed to bear any positive results due to South Sudan President

Salva Kiir’s refusal to discuss federal rule, compensation, representation and power sharing in the contested districts of Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria.

“President Kiir was asked by Dr. Machar if he is for IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African body for statebuilding] and Kiir said in the presence of President Kenyatta that ‘We rejected the IGAD Draft Agreement Proposal and we rejected the IGAD Plus but if we are called for a meeting we will attend,’” Gatkuoth further revealed.

“President Kenyatta declared the meeting over and concluded he has failed in this attempt to bring peace to South Sudan,” he said.

The talks were called for by Kenyatta as both of South Sudan’s rival factions claimed to have taken full control of the strategic Doleib Hill area in the Upper Nile state where clashes between forces loyal to Kiir and rebels loyal to Machar continue.

Political tension turned into violence when the President Salva Kiir Mayardit accused the ousted former Vice President Riek Machar of plotting a coup against him.

Some global aid agencies, such as Doctors without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross have evacuated their staff from South Sudan over fears of clashes.

South Sudan's President Kiir and his rival Machar signed a ceasefire deal in January this year, but the violence has continued in some parts of the country.  

According to UN estimates, 10,000 people have been killed and another 1.5 million are believed to be displaced since the conflicts began in South Sudan.  

TRTWorld and agencies